For almost a half century those advocating for autism have seen
• Improved diagnostic procedures
• New medications
• Many new training tools for children
• Improved types of therapy
o Applied Behavioral Analysis
o Speech therapy
• Many states now provide improved education for special needs children
• Many states now require autism to be covered by insurance
With the autism incidence going from 1 in 10,000 in the early 1960s to 1 in 88 as recently reported by the CDC and projections of increasing at a rate of more than 20% per year, one would have to describe autism as a growth industry.
A good thing for service providers, but not good for the parents or children.
Unfortunately those advocating for autism have not seen
• The cause for autism being identified
• Tools developed for prediction of autism—before symptoms develop
• Tools developed for early intervention that will eliminate the risk of autism
• Any procedures for the prevention of autism
• Any treatments, medications, or therapies that will cure autism
Advocating for the Elimination of Autism – The Path to Greater Success
• First we need to know the cause – The major cause for autism is a poor diet; also, the greatest risk factor for children with autism.
• Then prediction will be possible – Research has shown predictions based upon fifteen environmental and dietary factors are accurate more than 95% of the time.
• With accurate prediction, most risks identified can be totally eliminated
• Proper early intervention will then prevent the development of autism symptoms
• With prevention, you will eliminate the epidemic of autism over time – No new cases
Success measured in this manner would show
• Fewer children having to experience growing up with these symptoms
• Elimination of the long wait for the first appointment
• Significant reductions in special needs children in our schools
• Significant reductions in the money spent for medical services
• Fewer families would be disrupted or broken up and would not experience the financial ruin often reported
This is a personal invitation to anyone who is or wants to advocate for autism. Please put some strings on your advocacy so that any monies or support goes toward the cause, prevention, and ultimately the elimination of autism. Autism has been extensively researched since 1960 and they have not yet identified the cause! After all, it was only 1903 that man was first able to fly but only sixty-six years later man walked on the moon. When using volunteers and taxpayer monies I believe the effort should be to help the children and their families rather than growing the business of autism.